Letters, Friday, March 27, 2015

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Nigel is no friend of the people

I THINK those who profess support for/or intentions to vote UKIP at the forthcoming General Election, should be aware of the following.

 Speaking to a packed audience on November 10, last year, as the guest speaker for the annual Tom Olsen Lecture at St Bride’s Church – this is the church in Fleet Street, London, the spiritual home of UK journalism – Farage said the following, with regard to the First World War.

 “I believe we should have continued with the advance. We should have pursued the war for a further six weeks, and gone for an unconditional surrender. Yes the last six weeks of the war cost us 100,000 casualties, and I’m prepared to accept that a further six weeks of war might have cost us another 100,000.”

 So the friend of us ordinary folk was prepared to accept “another 100,000” of us dead.

 Is Nigel the kind of guy you could put faith in? For after all, he would have been “prepared” to sacrifice 100,000 lives in a war, let us not forget, that was only and solely economic in nature and could not be seen in any other light.

 Are the lives of ordinary folk, so irrelevant to Nigel, that he can be so profligate with them? Well the evidence is his quote above.

 Another clueless, would-be leader, who would sacrifice us on “Capitalisms altar of slaughter”.

Steve Colborn,

PPC Easington, The Socialist Party, Seaham

Statistics don’t match the reality

I SEE Alan Wright is at it again (March 20) in his response to Grace Cassidy’s condemnation of the Conservative’s lamentable record he accuses her of looking at the world through ‘Labour rose tinted glasses’.

 He then proceeded to produce what can only be described as a party political broadcast, which included his usual plethora of statistics. The last time Alan produced a batch of statistics to defend the Conservative’s erosion of our National Health Service, I challenged him to go and speak to nurses, or other public servants like teachers and firefighters about this Government’s record. Unsurprisingly he didn’t come back to me about this.

 I would like to extend the same challenge. Instead of producing the usual statistics, claiming people are better off, get out there and talk to people and I don’t mean your wealthier pensioner friends.

 What about a trip to your local food bank or perhaps to one of the workers on a zero-hour contract (which make up many of these new jobs you are so proud of)?

 Once again you should have no trouble finding someone – at the last count there were more people on zero-hour contracts than the populations of Glasgow, Cardiff and Leeds combined.

 Perhaps you could talk to one of the disabled people who have had to move out of their home because they couldn’t pay the bedroom tax or have had their benefits stopped?

 If you are near a church you may want to speak to one of the local clergy to find out a little bit about how some of their parishioners are suffering?

 Finally, maybe you would like to speak to a relative of one of the 60 people who have committed suicide after their benefits have been stopped as a result of this government’s policy.

Robert Scott

Americanism are ruining English

ANOTHER nail in the English Language coffin with the opening of the Poetic License Bar at the Roker Hotel.

 Why have the owners of this Best Western hotel chosen the American spelling of licence?

 Check any English, not American, dictionary, and you will find that it should be called Poetic Licence Bar. No doubt it’s just a question of time before the Empire Theatre becomes Empire Theater, colour becomes color, aluminium becomes aluminum, flavour becomes flavor etc – you get the drift.

 I’m glad I’m on my way out.

Clare Mont,



This city is dire need of public toilets

SUNDERLAND doesn’t need a ferry. What it does need is a public convenience, inside or directly outside of the central railway station, and open around the clock.

 Where would the general public go to relieve themselves if The Bridges was closed in the event of a fire or a bomb scare?

 If there was a fight or murder in The Bridges toilets, or someone found dead in a toilet cubicle, wouldn’t the police/forensics close the toilets off to the public?

 The Metro has two sets of toilets, as does Newcastle’s Eldon Square. Even Hartlepool’s version of The Bridges has two pairs of toilets.

 Sunderland is a city, what other city has no toilet in its main railway station? This is 2015 not 1520.

 What happens when there is a big event or gathering in the new Keel Line Square? Will there be any toilets there or will old ladies and young women with pushchairs and toddlers be expected to visit the nearest pub?

 Apparently, the council is trying to organise a tall ships race to take place in the near future.

What’s the betting that on the day of the tall ships race, all that turns up is half a dozen oil rigs and a few floating cranes.

R Tomlinson,


Parking charges killing city centres

REGARDING the Government’s statement that motorists will be allowed 10 minutes for overstaying at a car park, I am afraid this concession has come a little late.

 Towns and cities are awash with empty and closed down shops due mostly to the economic crisis but also partly, I believe, to councils’ draconian parking regimes.

 Fines of £30 and over for being a couple of minutes late in returning to a car, and traffic wardens giving no leniency at all resulted in me shopping at out of town retail parks where parking is mostly free and otherwise with a generous time limit. Other shopping is done on the internet.

 I often wonder if some brave council had offered totally free parking at all times, if shops would have fared better.

M Short


Daffodils in the park

Daffodils in Mowbray Park are there for everyone to smell and see. They grow wild in the fields, the woods amongst the trees.

The flower is bright yellow, the leaves a vivid green, growing wild in Mowbray Park, a sight that must be seen.

Mowbray Park is in a beautiful spot where you can sit or stroll and think of times you thought you had forgot.

The daffodils growing up around the trees, swaying gently in the breeze, to hear the birds whistling up in the trees, makes you feel so much at ease.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy nature’s natural beauty and clean fresh air.

It is all here amongst the branches of the trees swaying gently in the breeze.

To stroll through Mowbray Park amongst the daffodils, ducks, birds and trees, makes you feel so very relaxed and pleased, I pray this scene will last for ever, at this moment of time it is my great pleasure.

Wilf Matthews,